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Wildfires Continue In Southwest Alaska

The Lime Hills Fire received much some needed rain over the past couple days, up to 6 tenths of an inch.  The fire shrank 46 thousand acres over 24 hours, according to the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center.  It now stands at about 220 thousand acres, still by far the largest in the state.

The 6 acre fire that crossed the Stony River east of Lime Village has been caught.  A crew will continue to secure the slopover Friday. The Palmer based Midnight suns crew will depart for another fire.

Within Lake Clark national park, satellite data  showed the Kristin Creek fire has crossed the Stony River.  Aerial surveillance was unable to confirm that. Four firefighters continue to provide protection to structures at the ‘Wild Bill Airstrip.’  A report from yesterday showed no fire activity near those sites.

Currently eight smoke jumpers are protecting six structures on private land within the preserve at Bomhoff Lakes.  They are conducting minimal clearing to install sprinklers around structures.

A 2nd wildlife has popped up in the Lake Clark National Park.   The fire was spotted Wednesday night on the north side of Currant Creek and the fire is now about 390 acres in size.  The National Park Service reports that the fire currently does not pose a threat to human life or property and it won’t be fought unless it threatens structures or natural resources.   

A 12 thousand acre fire west of Port Alsworth at Nikubuma remains in monitor status after shrinking by a few acres.  The nearby Chulitna fire is also in monitor status.  118 fires are active statewide. A total of 389 fires have burned over 700 thousand acres so far this year. 25 fires are staffed.

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